INTRODUCING MIXTAPE: MON 15/04/2013
John Smith - Great Lakes album cover - click to zoom image in new window
In the small hours of a Monday morning from 2-3am you can hear a selection of my favourite new tunes compiled into an hour-long mixtape of nonstop music. All the audio is sourced from the BBC Introducing Uploader - some of it recommended by friends and colleagues and some discovered via Twitter and my own Fresh On The Net blog.
From 3am each Monday the latest mixtape is available free via the 6 Music Downloads Page - where you'll also find archived episodes from the previous 4 weeks. All the tracklists and start times for each track are published here - together with a link to each artist's website. These are the listings for Monday, 15th April 2013.
BODY IN THE THAMES - Disconnect Yourself [Start 00:13]
Body in the Thames is a single human male making musical type noises with analogue synthesizers and drum machines, sometimes 'singing' and making occasional use of guitar. He reserves the right to stumble blindly from one subgenre to another along a broad path that might be described as dance music. The limitations of being a solo artist - along with the sheer lack of portability of analogue musical equipment - means that he very, very, very rarely plays live. Though it has been known.
GEORGIA RUTH - Week Of Pines [Start 04:43]
Raised bilingually in Aberystwyth, Wales, Georgia Ruth says her harp playing is inspired more by the guitar styles of Bert Jansch, Meic Stevens and old folk revivalist records than by the classical instruction she received as a child. This Spring she releases her debut album on Gwymon Records, entitled Week of Pines and featuring various musicians including members of Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog. Georgia plays with ex-Gorky’s member Richard James in his new project Pen Pastwn and also presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru.
INJA - Pepper Sauce - 2:31 [Start 08:28]
Inja's been spitting bars as a solo artist since he could sneak into clubs. Hip Hop, D'n'B, Dubstep, Grime. He now hosts the legendary DMCs, resident at d'n'b Warning, dubstep Stink like Sock delegatesand runs Soundclash, his own UK hiphop and grime club night...He was a founding member of the Delegates taskforce of Culture, hip hop crew from Cambridge...Now touring the UK and Europe solo, with The Skuff and Inja Show and Taskforce heavyweights...and a string of releases under his belt with much more to come...
THE RUCKUS - You Only Like Me Coz I'm In A Band [Start 11:04]
This track by West Yorkshire 5 piece The Ruckus is taken from their forthcoming debut EP - due out this Spring - and was recommended to us by Darren Williams at BBC Introducing In Leeds. Another of the tracks, Help a Brother, features Reverend Sound System and Northern Alliance MC Matic Mouth. The band's stated aim is to "take you on a musical journey with our modern, poetic lyrics that tell truthful narratives of the lives and times of the youth of today" and they play the legendary Lomax venue in Liverpool this Saturday, April 20th.
FLAMING JUNE - Rumpelstiltskin [Start 14:11]
This is the title track of Rumpelstiltskin & The Perils and Promises of Womanhood - Flaming June's newly released seventh EP on Anchoress Records. The video for it can be found here on YouTube. Built around the vocals of songwriter Louise Hamilton, this five track EP features several songs that spring from Louise's dedication to raising awareness of domestic abuse - and celebrating the strengths and victories of her female protagonists. The Launch night for the release is this Wednesday 24th April at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds.
SPOTLIGHT KID - Budge Up [Start 17:56]
Spotlight Kid, we're told "continue their assault against sonic mediocrity with an assuredness and an emotional depth so many guitar bands are currently lacking. This is the sound of a band rising to the top of their game, while wearing their hearts on their sleeves and performing live shows like their next meal depends on it. Influences from the likes of The Cure, Swervedriver and My Bloody Valentine have allowed Spotlight Kid to produce a heady mix that runs through the entire gamut of emotions." In the last year Spotlight Kid have supported The Joy Formidable on their sold-out UK tour, been chosen by BBC Introducing to play at this year’s Glastonbury and have been playlisted on Radio 1.
SAM THOMAS - I’m Gonna Be A Witch [Start 22:13]
Sam Thomas grew up as the son of a former Opera singer and took percussion lesons from the age of four, which inevitably led him on to playing a full drum kit. "That was more fun as a kid" he remembers. By the time he was a teenager, Sam had learned to play guitar, piano and bass and was performing in his school’s swing band, orchestra and choir. A music course at the University of Westminster was followed by work experience, internships and a chance meeting with Just Music's John Benedict who signed him to the label and hooked him up with producer Mark Sutherland. Two years later Sam's debut album Blind Theatre is ready for release - and this is the first single - taking influence from 1930’s Disney cartoon soundtracks.
PROFESSOR YAFFLE - Sometimes [Start 25:41]
Professor Yaffle is the alter ego of longstanding Introducing favourite Lee Rogers - and also the name of his band. "I'll finally be bringing out my album Hermitically Sealed on the new liverpool indie label Nowhere Music, this Summer." he tells us. "We're in the studio putting the last couple of tracks together at the moment but we'll be taking a break to record an acoustic session and interview for Dave Monks' show on BBC Radio Merseyside in May." About this song he says "I wrote the tune and we let our percussionist Michael Holcroft produce it - as he had the most faith in the song. He became a bit obsessed with it, but that said, he did a superb job... "
FLASH PAN HUNTER - Quiz Show [Start 31:12]
"I love repetition, syncopation, discordance and experimenting with odd structures." says Brighton artist Clark Gregg - aka Flash Pan Hunter. "It’s not like I’m clever at it, I just enjoy accidentally stumbling across something strange and interesting and then expanding it". Recorded with folk producer Tim Bidwell, this single comes out next Monday, April 22nd. It's taken from his forthcoming debut album Quick Way to Enemy - an instruction manual ("or destruction manual" says Clark) on "how to make enemies of yourself and your friends quickly" - which will be released on July 30th.
TRWBADOR - Safe [Start 35:05]
Trwabdor describe themselves as "an acoustic/electronic duo from West Wales" - yet half-Welsh, half-Dutch singer Angharad Van Rijswijk and all-Welsh multi-instrumentalist Owain Gwilym are so much more than that. In 2011 their superb own-label compilation Owlet Music Vol.1 featured "A collection of songs from around the place....A celebration of beauty, DIY ethics and forward thinking" and is still available from the label's website. Safe comes from Owlet Music's latest release - their own long-awaited and self-titled debut album which came out this month. They play both Focus Wales in Wrexham on April 27th and the legendary Green Man festival on August 18th.
LOW DUO - Keep Your Sparkle In The Pain [Start 37:56]
First, the official blurb: "Fiercely minimalist, Low Duo are brothers Adam and Leigh Greenwood from Sheffield who write songs with just two layers - one voice and one musical instrument. They have been described as 'stereo Nick Drakes' by The Guardian. Following three critically acclaimed EP's, their self-released first album proper, Dive and Slide into the Blue, is now available via their website." Unofficially: I've been a huge fan of Leigh and Adam's work ever since clapping ears on their supremely melancholy It Was You and Me in January 2011. They've been session guests on 6 Music Introducing and if the lean, atmospheric and understated stylings of this new song appeal to you half as much as they do to me, don't hesitate: nip along to www.lowduo.co.uk and buy the album. Now.
LUCY ZIRINS - Morning Light [Start 41:01]
Songwriter Lucy Zirins hails from Burnley, Lancashire and three years ago won the accolade of being named as one of PRS For Music's "Class of 2010" songwriters. Having recorded her first E.P at age 16, and another soon after, Lucy has just released her 12-track debut album Chasing Clocks, from which this song is taken. The album was produced by Michael Messer at London's famous Toe Rag Studios and her website includes a video of behind-the-scenes footage of its making. Currently unsigned and self-releasing, Lucy continues to gig and can next be seen live at the Chop Chop Monthly Music Night in Colne, Lancashire a week on on Saturday - April 27th.
PECULIAR DISCO MOVES - Automatic Choice [Start 44:36]
"From humble beginnings rehearsing in a Glue Factory, a dentist surgery, and a studio once used by The Lighthouse Family, North-East quintet Peculiar Disco Moves have evolved into a band who glorify the trials and tribulations of raw British life within the boundaries of their own unique brand of feelgood, fun, inspiring, progressive-pop narratives. They have just followed up their 2011 debut EP with a three-track extravaganza called The Domino Effect, released at the end of last week. The band hope to take their sound further afield and are planning a tour for later in 2013"
JOHN SMITH - Salty & Sweet [Start 48:19]
Devon-born guitarist and songwriter John Smith (pictured above) released his fourth album Great Lakes at the end of last month, marking the occasion with a sold-out show at London’s Purcell Room the same night. It's been the culmination of relentless touring as both headliner and as a support act, opening the likes of Iron and Wine, James Yorkston, Jools Holland, Gil Scott-Heron and (most recently) Richard Hawley. In this slow-but-sure way, he has built up a loyal international following. He's currently on tour in Ireland before heading across the channel to Paris - and is set to achieve a lifetime's ambition this Autumn when he plays a headline show at The Union Chapel on Novermber 14th.
BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY - Satisfactory Man [Start 51:24]
Beautiful Country is a Brighton based rock band made up of brothers Ryan and Vernon plus close friend Anthony on drums, all of whom originally hail from Stoke-on-Trent. They suggest you "think of Bruce Springsteen and The East Street Band distilled into a 3-piece, a little rougher round the edges and with a chip on its shoulder." They recorded their debut EP with Nick Tauber and Jack Ruston at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studio and are currently on the lookout for suitable management. You can catch them live next Tuesday (April 23rd) at The Prince Albert in Brighton.
NINETAILS - Mama Aniseed [Start 56:06]
This track comes from the superb debut EP Slept And Did Not Sleep by Liverpool outfit Ninetails who are now represented by former Talk Talk manager Keith Aspden. Never a band to stand still their music has - we learn - been evolving rapidly since this recording was made. If you're lucky enough to live within striking distance of Merseyside, they play a double headline show with The Physics House Band this Friday April 19th, at Mello Mello in Liverpool. "This will be your last opportunity to hear us play Mama Aniseed and Rawdon Fever" they warn "before we cocoon ourselves in the new material."